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tea ball

a small ball of perforated metal or other material in which tea leaves are placed to be immersed in hot water to make tea.
Origin of tea ball
First recorded in 1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The tea ball, which is in the little glass, is filled with tea and the boiling water is poured over it into each cup.

    Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5 Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
  • Gud sat down and the Clerical Collar poured him a cup of hot water, but neglected to pass him the tea ball.

    The Book of Gud Dan Spain
  • The tea ball, or the plan of tying the tea in small pieces of cheesecloth, is convenient for serving at an afternoon tea.

British Dictionary definitions for tea ball

tea ball

(mainly US) a perforated metal ball filled with tea leaves and put in boiling water to make tea
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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